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Lemmons open Ole Kentucky Store on Square

The Ole Kentucky Store is now open at 324 Public Square in Columbia.

The owners are husband and wife team Michael and Dianna Lemmon.

The store will be open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ole Kentucky will offer antiques and local crafts, for the moment, and will be adding a small cafe in the future. The menu will include sandwiches, soups, sweets and coffee and soft drinks. Presently, only the desserts, coffee, and soft drinks are offered.

The store still has much of it's old timey feel. Besides the balcony which will serve as a classroom, exhibit hall, and dining room, the store still has its tin ceiling and oiled floors.

"We'll only have quality antiques and reproductions, local crafts, and the cafe," Mr. Lemmon said. "No flea market items will be sold here."

Ten of eight booths are already rented, Mr. Lemmon said.

High quality crafts displayed in the store come from such vendors as Ann Barrett of Buzzard Roost Baskets, the Lemmon family, Wanda Kerns, and the Kentucky School for the Deaf and others. The business will take orders for furniture made by the Lemmon family. The items include handmade cherry and antique reproduction furniture.

Both the owners are ministers. Michael Lemmon is pastor of Tarter's Chapel United Methodist Church. Dianna Lemmon is paster of Pellyton Community Church.

Mrs. Lemmon is also director of the Barnett Creek Players, a drama troop which is sponsored by Barnett's Creek United Methodist Church in Pellyton.

The first chapter of the Red Hat Society will meet at the store to participate in the Saturday, December 4 Christmas Parade.

Craft sessions on subjects such as basket making, painting, crochet work, tatting, and maybe on furniture making will be offered.

Entertainment will play a big role in Ole Kentucky's business.

"We've already got plans to have Karaoke nights, checker tournaments, and activities for children," Mrs. Lemmon said.

Mrs. Lemmon will also have a small book loft over the display windows in the front of the store.

The Lemmons have four children: April Lynn Beard, Larry Lemmon, a park ranger who is also a UMC minister; Matthew Lemmon, an accountant with NTS; and Jonathan Lemmon, a freshman at Murray State University. They also have four grandchilren.

Rev. Lemmon is a retired US Army mess sergeant. He served nine years in the regular Army and the rest in the Army National Guard, most recently with the 2123 Transportation Company in Bowling Green. The family had residences in Germany, Hawaii, Ft. Riley, KS; and Ft. Knox, KY, during his regular army military career.

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New store owners on the square

2004-12-02 - Columbia, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. THE OLE KENTUCKY STORE is now open on the square in Columbia beside what used to be Ben Franklin. The owners are husband and wife team Michael and Dianna Lemmon, pictured above in their store. Click 'read more' for details.
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